Spectacular stoppage from the DREAM welterweight champion at Saturday night’s Rumble of the Kings event in Stockholm, Sweden.
Seven hours of MMA madness. No introduction is necessary. Let’s get to it.
The opening of the show featured singers congregating in gospel-like fashion singing, “Oh Happy Day”. On the big screen was clips from other Dream shows and also clips of Dream fighters fighting at Strikeforce. And then the fighters were allowed a couple seconds of screen time to show off their dance moves. Satoshi Ishii did a move where he grabbed his crotch and swiveled his hips like he was a modern day Ravishing Rick Rude.
The announcers are Frank Trigg and Michael Schiavello, aka The Voice.
Looks like the Bob Sapp fight is off. The excuse is that he lost his will to fight. Ha! Sounds like it’s a last minute contract renegotiation.
1. Andy Ologun vs. Katsuaki Furuki
Furuki is a former baseball player. This fight is three, five minute rounds.
The fight started in the clinch with Furuki throwing short, inside punches, but taking nasty knees to his midsection from Ologun. Olugun knocked him woozy with a stiff straight right and Furuki didn’t know where he was. He was throwing back, but they were loopy punches that had no chance. Ologun fell backwards with a guillotine while Furuki’s nose was bleeding all over the mat. Furuki got out of the submission and then quickly got into the mount. Furuki is tough, though out of his league here so far.
Furuki got a takedown from the clinch, but Ologun reversed position. Furuki worked on a kimura for a couple of minutes and Ologun fought it the entire way. With just over 30 seconds left, Ologun reversed him, but Furuki locked in a triangle just as the bell rang. Furuki might be winning this fight now.
Furuki was impressive in staying on top of Ologun, but caught a nasty right hand near the end of the round.
Winner: Andy Ologun by decision
Furuki is going to need some stitches over his left eye. You can see the insides of his eye brow.
2. Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Caol Uno
Miyata came out to a blending of Tupac Shakur with the instrumental to Eye Of The Tiger. That’s a win.
Uno won the first five minutes with some great in and out striking. He was landing punches and inside leg kicks. He’s wearing some sort of knee sleeve/pad and some wicked gold shoes.
This is an odd Wednesday mid-week show to coincide with the big E3 gamer convention that’s going on in LA. I imagine we’ll hear a lot about the EA MMA game tonight.
Pat Miletich and Stephen Quadros join Mauro Ranello. And for whatever reason, they’re having trouble with the sound. I hope that ends. It’s going to be annoying of it doesn’t.
1. Conor Heun vs. KJ Noons
Ranello asked Miletich if Noons can be a good boxer and good MMA fighter at the same time. Miletich said yes and used Jens Pulver as an example. I don’t remember Pulver being a world champion boxer.
Heun tooled Noons in the round and Ranello said that Noons looked rusty. I’ll say. Heun was working for a choke late in the round, but Noons got out of it and dropped him with a body shot at the end of the first.
If Heun won the first round, Noons definitely won the second. He landed some bombs. But it’s kind of unbelievable that he’s someone who beat Nick Diaz because he looks out of condition and very one dimensional. But he hits hard. Heun is hanging in there though after taking some really good shots and even got a takedown at the end of the round.
It turned into a sloppy slugfest in the third. And Noons tore up Heun’s face. Heun’s going to lose this fight because he’s being hit with the bigger punches, but the guy has tremendous heart. It was probably a bad idea to get into a boxing match with Noons though. He needed to get more takedowns and get it back on the ground.
Winner: KJ Noons by way of split decision
Wow. The scores were 30-27 Heun, 29-28 Noons, and 29-28 Noons.
2. Trevor Prangley vs. Tim Kennedy
While Herschel Walker’s pro debut and Bobby Lashley’s Strikeforce debut have been more of the focal point of this show, it’s Nick Diaz and Marius Zaromskis that will be in the main event for the Strikeforce welterweight championship.
The rest of this card should be fun. Cris Cyborg is defending her title against Marloes Coenen and Robbie Lawler is fighting Melvin Manhoef in what should be a slugfest.
1. Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims
Well, we saw enough of Wes Sims on the last season of The Ultimate Fighter. Sims took the fight on one week notice and he doesn’t look in shape at all.
Sims tried to get Lashley to contest him in a test of strength but Lashley wasn’t having it. It wasn’t much of a fight. Lashley took Sims down and unloaded about 15 short rights to his face. Sims gave up his back because he couldn’t keep Lashley off and flattened himself out. Lashley landed a few more shots before the referee stopped the fight.
Winner: Bobby Lashley by way of 1st round TKO
2. Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef
DREAM was back once again this past weekend. Just 19 days removed from the Featherweight Grand Prix finals, FEG presented DREAM 12 live in Osaka, Japan. This show was noteworthy because for the first time DREAM opted to use a hexagon shaped cage as opposed to a ring. Gone to was the marathon first round, instead being replaced by the 3 five minute round structure of the unified rules.
Marius Zaromskis has upset the odds by winning the DREAM welterweight grandprix, and becoming the promotion’s first welterweight champion.
The 26 year old Lithuanian scored two stunning high kick knockouts en route to the title. In the semifinal bout he stopped tournament favourite Hayato “Mach” Sakurai midway through the first round, before going on to knockout Jason High in absolutely terrifying fashion. Both will probably go down as knockout of the year contenders.